Whistler’s World Record Breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Whistler BC

Whistler’s Record Breaking Peak-2-Peak Gondola

I still remember the day. The headlines read, “Whistler to build record breaking gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb”. This was big time news for Whistler and Vancouver.

Having spent the past 12 years frequenting Canada’s most famous ski resort, the thought of being able to cross from one mountain peak to the other seemed implausible. But with the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on the horizon, the project was given the green light and the Peak-2-Peak was born.

The World Records

  1. Longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres
  2. Highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor
  3. Completes the longest continuous lift system on the globe

The Peak-2-Peak Gondola officially opened to guests in December 2008. We left for our Round the World Adventure in January 2009 and were gone for a year, so up until this summer we hadn’t had the opportunity to ride Whistler-Blackcomb’s new toy. We were excited to check out if all the hype was worthy.

Our Peak-2-Peak Experience

We spent an afternoon hiking the trails of both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, something we had never done in the same day before. We’ve put together a short video of our Peak-to-Peak experience, followed by a few photos of the spectacular alpine scenery.

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Rendezvous Lodge at the top of Blackcomb Mountain

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Top of Jersey Cream chair lift during summer (looks much different during the winter!)

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Chair lift on Blackcomb Mountain, views of Whistler Mountain in the backdrop

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Awesome views of Whistler backcountry in the summer from Seventh Heaven

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Cameron taking in the stunning Whistler alpine scenery

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Boarding the Peak2Peak Gondola from Blackcomb Mountain

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Leaving Blackcomb Mountain aboard the Peak-2-Peak Gondola

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Crossing the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

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Arriving at Whistler Mountain, views of Blackcomb Mountain in the backdrop

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Peak-2-Peak on Whistler Mountain

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Roundhouse Lodge, views of Whistler Peak and glacier

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Inukshuk at the top of Whistler Mountain, Whistler Village far below

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Views of Seventh Heaven on Blackcomb Mountain

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Want some Technical Facts?

Total Distance: 4.4km/2.73miles (straight line)

Ride Time: Approx 11 minutes

Number of Cabins: 28

Highest Point: above the ground is 436m/1427 feet over Fitzsimmons Creek

Speed: 7.5 meters per second

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Have you taken a ride on the Peak-2-Peak?  What did you think?
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About Traveling Canucks

Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.